Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
safeguards to the foreign intelligence surveillance act. joining us from washington is democratic congressmember dennis kucinich. this is his last again congress after serving eight terms. since 1997, dennis kucinich has been a leading progressive voice on capitol hill, into these articles of impeachment against george w. bush, voted against the patriot act, and advocated for ending the war on drugs. dennis kucinich ran for president in 2004 and 2008, down to create a permanent peace. he is former mayor of cleveland, ohio. congressmember, welcome back to "democracy now!" >> thank you. >> your term would be over except you have been called back on sunday, right, to do with the fiscal cliff? >> i have been in washington waiting to see if congress would be called back into session, as it should be. there really is no legitimate reason why the country should be facing serious tax increases for ddle-class and also spending cuts that will further slow down the economy. we have made all of the wrong choices. we should be talking about jobs and more people involved in paying taxes. we sho
Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
hikes will tax place on january the 1st. >> president barack obama returned to washington deeply meyered in another partisan stalemate. but over in the capitol the lower house of congress remains dark to avert the fiscal cliff. it's republican leader will call the session on sunday. the top senate said his branch of congress must take the initiative on a compromise. >> it appears to me the action if there is any is now on the senate and we will have to see if we're able on a bipartisan to move forward. >> but the democrats say there can be no deal without republican concessions on tax increases. >> unless we get a sign-off from the republicans in the house, we can't get anything done. for them to talk about a bipartisan arrangement, we have done that. >> without a deal, the mediate effect would billion a tax hike. relief checks to $2 million -- 2 million onamericans would also cut, possibly triggers another major u.s. recession. >> things that you don't really need, you're not going to get. >> it will probably affect my finances in a huge way. >> it will affect my dad. my dad's 76 and he
Dec 28, 2012 5:30am PST
to iraq to force saddam hussein from power. al jazeera, washington. >> a memorial service is about to be held for civilians killed a year ago in an air strike on the turkish border with iraq. 17 children were among the group of 34 killed by f-16 jets after being spotted crossing the border in unmanned drone footage. 12 months on, him rights watch says there was no accountability of the incident. our reporter on the turkey-iraq border explains why relatives are still waiting for a proper investigation. >> there is some secrecy on the investigations because there is an army investigation and they keep it secret so far. the turkish prime minister made comments to about the incident, but he is not sure to do a clear statement that relieves the people here in this village of the families, and they are all waiting for the final result that comes after the investigations. and they want the authorities to fasten the process and, with a clear result. >> heavy rain continues to fall and parts of sri lanka hit by recent floods. at least 32 people have been killed by high water and landslides.